By Connie Wang, Refinery29
.Where Isabel Marant goes, we will follow…except perhaps when it comes to the very latest iteration of the concealed wedge boot. First came the Bekett and Bobby sneaker that launched the whole sneaker-wedge trend. Then came the controversial Basley that raised a few eyebrows. And now? Ladies, let us introduce you to the most extreme marriage of practicality and vertical vanity: the Nowles.
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Made of shearling featuring red rope ties, the mukluk-ski boot/Timberland franken-shoe looks as comfy as an Ugg…but there's a reason we try not to wear those out of the house. Net-A-Porter is selling them for a whopping $840, and predicts that they're "set to be the must-have shoes of the season" - a claim we're a bit skeptical of for a high-heeled snow boot, but then again, it's Isabel Marant. Girl can slap a label on a baguette, and we'll wear it on our feet. However, we can probably count on one devoted
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- Refinery29 | Fashion – Tue, Jul 2, 2013 12:16 PM EDT
By Connie Wang, Refinery29Read More »from Today in WTF: Would You Pay Nearly $1K for This New "It-Shoe"??
- Refinery29 | Fashion – Tue, Jul 2, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
By Connie Wang, Refinery29
Dior is typically slammed for having a completely Caucasian cast of models, and it seems that creative director Raf Simons has taken criticism to heart. His last haute couture collection featured a much more diverse mix of women including Joan Smalls, Alek Wek, Ming Xi, among others...though one obvious face was left out. After being nixed from the lineup, supermodel Jourdan Dunn took to Twitter to explain why:
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Ahahahahahaha I just for cancelled from Dior because of my boobs! I❤ fashion #Couture- Jourdan Dunn (@missjourdandunn) June 30, 2013
I'm normally told I'm cancelled because I'm 'coloured' so being cancelled because off my boobs is a minor : )- Jourdan Dunn (@missjourdandunn) June 30, 2013
Casting for runway shows is a weird gray 5'10"-size-2-whitewashed area, since making decisions based on aesthetics could call for >specific swath of models (though, we're not sure what kind of Read More »from Top Black Model Nixed from the Dior Show Because of Her Chest Size
By Erika Stalder, Refinery29Read More »from Divorced by 30: Love, Loss, & How to Move On
.We all know that more women than ever before are waiting until their 30s to marry and start families. This societal shift has been so broadly discussed and well documented, that it's easy to assume 30 is the new 20 when it comes to marriage. But, despite how much lip service this phenomenon has garnered, the reality is that a woman's 20s is still the most popular decade in which to get married. That's right - the average age for American women to marry is 27. And, as most women who have married and divorced by 30 will tell you, while people are often shocked to discover that a twentysomething is a divorcee, the circumstance really isn't that rare.
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What The Numbers Tell Us
Why are so many of us getting hitched in our first decade after leaving the nest? First, Americans in their twenties are a pretty romantic and hopeful bunch: According to a Louisiana State University study, 88 percent of
By Erika Stalder, Refinery29Read More »from Is Your Job Secretly Killing You?
.Stressed at work? Nearly everyone is. One of the latest surveys about Americans in the workplace, by Harris Interactive for Everest College, show that 83 percent of us are stressed out about our jobs. Not that this is news, exactly. The American Institute of Stress reports that work has been cited as the major source of stress in American adults for decades.
In fact, stress is so far rooted in the American workplace, it's hard to imagine one without the other. So what if Harris Interactive's poll showed a 10 percent bump in stressed-out workers from last year? Work is stress, so what's the big deal?
But, when you consider the disease that's associated with physical and mental workplace stress - nasty stuff like hypertension, diabetes, high triglycerides, obesity, heart attack, cancer, anxiety and premature death, then taking a second look at how we work and what it's doing to our brains and bodies becomes a very big, crucial deal.
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- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 28, 2013 10:52 AM EDT
By Erika Stalder, Refinery29Read More »from Will Salmon Really Make You Prettier and Smarter? Here's the Truth
.Most people think of burgers as being the quintessential American food. But, if we look to our North American roots - as in, the native peoples who've been living here for millennia - salmon far outranks the beef and bun as the American must-have meat. The fish was not only essential to the Eskimo diet, but it was celebrated as an essential lifeline by Native Americans, who have their own folklore based on the fish. While the dish is arguably one of the most old school in North American culture, there is a relatively new and increasingly confusing decision tree to navigate when it comes to kind of salmon to eat - and why.
To help take the mystery out of the meat, we've examined the big questions: farmed vs. wild, Atlantic vs. Pacific and sustainability vs. nutritional aspects.
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Nutritionally, salmon has a CV that reads like a champion multivitamin commercial. It's packed with all of the essential amino
- Refinery29 | Love + Sex – Thu, Jun 27, 2013 11:29 AM EDT
By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29Read More »from Talk Dirty to Me: A Beginner's Guide to Verbal Foreplay
.Dirty talk. It can be... awkward. Many of us find that when we're getting busy, we're not exactly spewing our finest poetry. Held back by nerves, fear of embarrassing ourselves, or inexperience, incorporating speech into our sexytime routines can be intimidating, even for the most verbose people. So, why bother?
There are a few reasons why we think dirty talk deserves a place in your bedroom (or, you know, wherever you're doing it). Hearing your partner's voice during sex adds another sensory item to the menu; plus, putting words to an already hot experience only makes it hotter. "Dirty talk allows you to flex that other sex organ - the brain, which houses an unlimited reserve of erotic stimuli," says Babeland co-founder Claire Cavanah. "You can bring someone to a heightened state of arousal using just your words, which is an incredibly exciting experience."
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Additionally, the more you communicate
- Refinery29 | Shine Food – Thu, Jun 27, 2013 11:12 AM EDT
By Refinery29Read More »from The Most Amazing Summer Cobbler Recipe You'll Ever Master
.Let's face it: You're busy - too busy to mess around with complicated cooking at the end of the day. Still, dinner should be more than just a cup full of cereal and the dream of a brighter tomorrow. Enter: Jenny Rosenstrach, a busy mom who makes dinner happen with style, simplicity, and just the right amount of sizzle. Whether or not you're cooking for kids, we love her easy, delicious approach. In fact, we love it so much, we'll be sharing one of her recipes every week, so you can have a life - and a REALLY good meal, too.
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I assembled this particular cobbler (made with peaches and blueberries) in about 10 minutes, shoved it into the oven, drove across town for a playdate pick-up, and was back in time to pull out the bubbly goodness just about a half hour later.
3-5 cups fruit (Any combo: peeled, sliced peaches or nectarines, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries; for this one I
- Refinery29 | Fashion – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 10:56 AM EDT
By Holly Thomas, Refinery29
In the heat of the summer, the best outfit is the one that requires as little effort as possible. And for us, that means light, breezy layers and accessories that are easy wins. (No overwrought bracelet stacking here, please!) So, in the name of keeping things simple and streamlined, small statement earrings are a go-to - especially these chic-and-subtle Designsix danglers from ASOS.
We love the combination of feminine pink stones and an edgy triangle design, and could easily justify wearing these babies all summer long. With a casual tee and shorts or a floaty summer dress, these add a dainty flourish that doesn't require any strategic outfit planning. In other words - just the way we like it.Read More »from Found: The Perfect Finishing Touch for Your Summer Outfit — for $10
- Refinery29 | Shine Food – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 10:49 AM EDT
By Kelsey Miller, Refinery29Read More »from The Best Red Sangria of All Time (+ it Only Takes 5 Minutes!)
What is summer without a rooftop, backyard, or poolside party? It's a summer misspent, friends. One of our favorite evening activities is the impromptu hangout, enjoying the warm night air and a cool, summer cocktail in our hands. But, let's face it: Whipping up drinks for a bunch of friends can be a costly headache, and do you even know where your shaker is?
Enter: sangria. This is a classic wine punch you can whip up in five minutes and serve all your thirsty friends at once, for less than what costs for one fancy bottle of wine. Plus, nothing says summer like this light, fruity quaff. A little juice, a little fruit, and one bottle of red - and you have yourself an evening...plus, cash leftover for a second round.
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Check out our recipe for the classic red wine sangria, served in homes, restaurants and roadside cafes all over Spain and Portugal. Cheers!
- Refinery29 | Beauty – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 10:39 AM EDT
By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29
Your skin care routine - not that hard of a concept to master, right? Wash your face, slap on some moisturizer, maybe a treatment every now and then? In theory, skin care is supposed to be idiot-proof, provided you have a super-simple routine. For those of us who have expanded our regimens beyond the usual soap-water-moisturizer approach, there's actually a bit more to it.
As we've gotten more involved with our skin, the question of which order to put on our products is a vexing one. "I think it's the most confusing issue in all of skin care, not only to consumers, but to professionals, too," says Dr. Neal Schultz, an NYC dermatologist and founder of DermTV. According to Dr. Schultz, if you don't put your products on in the proper order, not only will the products not work effectively, it's a waste of time, money, and effort. "Nothing bad will happen to your skin [if applied incorrectly]," he explains. "But, if you are going to the store, spendingRead More »from The Biggest Skin Care Mistake Every Woman Makes—Yes, Even You